Columbia County’s school calendar lists the first full week in April as “spring break,” but it really should be labeled Masters Week.
That became evident when school board members voted Tuesday to give students and staffers an additional day off.
The rationale is that, as the Masters continues to grow as the areas’s most powerful tourist draw, its affect on Columbia County is increasing – with students and adults working either at the tournament or in hospitality related temporary positions, or with residents renting their homes to visitors.
What started with three days of practice and four days of play has become a wall-to-wall event with activities gearing up Saturday and not winding down until the day after the Sunday finish – assuming, of course, it finishes on time.
Cranking up schools bright and early Monday after the finish had become a chore – and school board members rightly responded to pleas for relief from citizens, staffers and students. The extra day added to the break seems reasonable.
The only danger: Just as that Monday has been a day of increased absenteeism before this change, so has the Friday before. Is that next?